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David Burrows

Reusable packaging – from green to grubby and back again?

23 November 2020 | David Burrows

Covid boosted single-use packaging, causing concern progress on reusables had been dented. However, high-profile trials are taking place. What lies ahead for reuse and refill? ... read more


Dirty vegan to clean label – the questions facing plant-based products, ingredients and nutrition

5 November 2020 | David Burrows

Questions about the processing behind plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy are growing. Is the criticism justified or is the buoyant industry being unfairly targeted? ... read more


How sustainable is non-plastic packaging?

24 September 2020 | David Burrows

When it comes to packaging, the focus of policy-makers, businesses and campaign groups has been on disposable plastic. But are the 'plan B' packaging options any good? ... read more


Why Tesco's right to be cautious about compostable packaging

10 March 2020 | David Burrows

Tesco has issued details on the packaging it wants suppliers to use in the UK from May. Compostables remains a tricky issue but David Burrows welcomes the retailer's decisions. ... read more


Nestle's plastic push deserves praise but big questions remain

23 January 2020 | David Burrows

David Burrows offers qualified praise for Nestle on recycled plastics and argues major questions persist about whether the company - and industry - can move from virgin material. ... read more


How meat and dairy are countering criticism on climate

18 November 2019 | David Burrows

In the past 12 months the meat and dairy industries have been under fierce scrutiny for their roles in climate change. David Burrows reports on how they are trying to counter. ... read more


Can a climate label for food work?

12 December 2018 | David Burrows

A decade ago, a few companies looked to label a product's carbon footprint. The concept never took off. If revisited, just-food asks, would the idea now gain traction? ... read more


Plastic pledges - reason to be positive or time to panic?

29 May 2018 | David Burrows

The way plastic is used to package food and drinks has shot up the consumer agenda in recent months and, in response, there has been a flurry of food companies announcing pledges on their use of packaging. The pressure is on to act. However, David Burrows argues businesses should be mindful before leaping on the latest developments in packaging while NGOs are arguing some of the companies' commitments are far from ambitious.... read more